A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.
Thursday, April 9
SAN DIEGO SAILOR SERVING ABOARD USNS MERCY
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Peter Harina, from San Diego, performs operational checks on a mobile x-ray aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) April 8. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals.
This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people.
LA JOLLA TOWN COUNCIL INITIATES COMMUNITY LINK
"La Jolla Link, an online resource created with CPG Design for the benefit of the La Jolla community, has been created by La Jolla Town Council in keeping with its mission to serve as a community forum and information exchange while providing a resource for businesses to let customers know they are open and how residents can support them,” said LJTC president Ann Kerr Bache. “If you are a service provider, restaurant, or any other type of business who would like to let customers know you are open and be included in La Jolla Link, send an email to email@example.com.”
“We plan to work with other town councils and community organizations to spread the word on behalf of our communities during this difficult time,” added Kerr Bache. To stay informed of community happenings, visit lajollatowncouncil.org.
POWERBALL UPDATE DURING THE COVID-19
Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the national Powerball Product Group has taken additional steps to ensure that ticket sales can support the Powerball jackpot and lower-tier prizes. Following the April 8 drawing, minimum starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases will be eliminated. Future jackpots will instead be determined by sales and the estimated amount for each draw will be advertised as usual.
These changes are expected to remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Please check the California Lottery website, mobile app, and retail signage for the most up-to-date jackpot amounts. The game matrix, odds and $2 price point remain the same.
MARCH OF DIMES SUPPORTS MOMS, BABIES, DURING PANDEMIC
March of Dimes has launched a new virtual campaign, Step Up!, to raise vital support for moms and babies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new virtual fundraiser will replace this year’s March of Dimes’ annual in-person March for Babies events that, for the past 50 years, have seen thousands of people march as a way to fundraise.
Due to social distancing and stay-in-place orders, March of Dimes is encouraging supporters across the country to Step Up! by taking part in a virtual walk – safely at home or wherever they can – in order to support moms and babies during their greatest time of need.
March for Babies is asking participants to register to virtual march at marchforbabies.org. The virtual March for Babies will commence across the country with participants tracking their steps using smartphones or fitness watches and collecting donations for their steps. Every step will be tracked and totaled through the Charity Miles mobile app, culminating in a virtual celebration on May 15.
SEASON OVER FOR SAN DIEGO SEALS, LACROSSE
The National Lacrosse League, the longest-running and most successful professional lacrosse league worldwide has canceled the remainder of its regular season. The league suspended regular-season play due to COVID-19 on March 12.
“We continue to be in regular contact with the NLL and support their recent decision to halt the regular season while continuing to figure out what a next step looks like,” said Peter Schmitz, PLPA president. “Our primary focus remains the health and safety of our members and their input will be the deciding factor. We recognize the challenges that are presented with the unpredictability of the circumstances in which we find ourselves and will consider all options as presented by Nick and the NLL Leadership. We remain positive and optimistic for a return to the floor in the appropriate timeframe. "
League officials are looking at any number of scenarios to return to play when all stakeholders and health officials deem that possible, though there is no timeline on doing so.
Wednesday, April 8
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS BEING ENFORCED
Authorities have begun citing essential businesses that have not complied with the requirement to post social-distancing and sanitization guidelines near the entrance of their businesses.
All employees of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants open for to-go orders, fast-food eateries, convenience stores and gas stations must also wear a facial covering at all times as part of a county health order.
Though not mandating that residents wear face coverings, essential businesses can deny entry to customers whose faces are not covered, said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.
“If an individual business chooses to say that you need to have a face covering to come into their business, that is a determination that those businesses can make,'' Fletcher said.
Sheriff’s deputies and SDPD started enforcing the stay-at-home orders last weekend. SDPD issued 10 citations – which carry a potential $1,000 fine – in Ocean Beach, including three at Robb Field, two at Dog Beach, and one at Sunset Cliffs. Five more citations occurred at Balboa Park.
CITY ANNOUNCES BUDGET CRISIS
San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez and Councilmembers Jennifer Campbell, Monica Montgomery, and Vivian Moreno on April 7 issued the following statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a budget crisis for the City of San Diego that will require extremely difficult decisions. All options to meet this challenge should be on the table as we work together to ensure that we are protecting essential services while balancing the budget. We intend to create an environment of full transparency and cooperation as we work together with the mayor, the public, and our dedicated City employees to create the best possible path forward given the circumstances.”
Gómez represents District 9. Councilmembers Campbell, Montgomery, and Moreno represent Districts 2, 4, and 8, respectively.
BLOOD BANK CALLS FOR RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENTS TO DONATE PLASMA
Thanks to community response to the plea for blood donation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood supply is currently stable both locally and across the nation. San Diego Blood Bank has issued a call for recovered COVID-19 patients, as they may be eligible to donate “convalescent plasma” to help treat patients fighting the virus.
While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, plasma taken from those who have recovered may help patients currently fighting the virus. This is because the plasma has developed antibodies against the virus.
“Hospitals are reaching out to us on a daily basis for convalescent plasma,” said David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank. “If anyone has recovered from the virus, we are calling on them to join us in helping patients in critical condition fight COVID-19.”
Individuals can donate convalescent plasma if they have a confirmed positive laboratory test and no symptoms for the last 28 days. People with a subsequent confirmed negative test can donate after 14 days of symptom resolution. People are encouraged to fill out the form even if they have not yet been tested. To submit contact information to be qualified as a convalescent plasma donor, visit sandiegobloodbank.org/donateplasma. Donors will also need to meet routine donor screening criteria.
WOODS JOINS COLDWELL BANKER REALTY LA JOLLA
Maria Woods has associated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty as an affiliate agent, coming to the office with more than 12 years of real estate experience.
“I go the extra mile for my clients and maintain an easygoing manner and friendly disposition,” said Woods. “It is always my pleasure to serve my clients with excellence. I decided to affiliate with Coldwell Banker because it provides the best services for my clients whether sellers or buyers.”
Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Realty, Woods was an agent with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in La Jolla. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Tuesday, April 7
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE PROVIDES FOOD, MEALS, TRANSPORT
Jewish Family Service of San Diego has expanded its most vital programs to serve families and individuals of all faiths, background and ages, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food, meals and transportation are available for those in critical need. Available services include:
Foodmobile: Expanded home-delivery meal service for homebound seniors and disabled adults. Deliveries may include hot/ready-to-eat meals, frozen meals and groceries to create home-cooked meals. For more information or to get help, call 858-637-3210.
Drive-thru food assistance: Those in critical need can pick up bags of fresh and non-perishable food via a new drive-thru service at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus at 8804 Balboa Ave. Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No appointment needed.
On the Go: Older adults and/or their caregivers can schedule rides to the grocery store or medical appointments. Rides are provided by volunteer drivers and through rideshare service Lyft via JFS’s On the Go Navigator service. For more information or to request a ride, call 858-637-3210.
To get help, volunteer, or learn how you can join us in Moving Forward Together, visit jfssd.org or call 858-637-3000.
ROCK CHURCH’S EASTER SERVICES
On Sunday, April 12, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather online for the Rock Church’s Easter services. The eight online services will start on Friday and go through Sunday and will feature music from the Rock Church’s worship team and a message from Sr. Pastor Miles McPherson.
The services will be Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 12 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. online via online.sdrock.com, Facebook, YouTube, Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV.
The weekend services will kick off on April 10. McPherson will highlight the service of the military, first responders, and medical personnel on the front lines during this pandemic. Easter Sunday will include original songs from the Rock Church Worship team and a special Easter message from McPherson. His message is one of hope, particularly during this time where fear and anxiety are at the forefront of people’s minds.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SAN DIEGO MARATHON POSTPONED
Based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities toward the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon, originally scheduled for May 30-31, 2020 has been postponed until the fall.
The new 2020 event date, which is currently being finalized with local officials, will be communicated as soon as possible. In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, organizers recognize the postponement may come as a disappointment, but look forward to providing participants with an exceptional event experience in the future.
Monday, April 6
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR DONATES GOGGLES TO SCRIPPS CAREGIVERS
On Monday, April 6, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited Scripps Health in San Diego to donate 900 pairs of safety goggles to protect health care professionals on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kareem regularly wore goggles on his way to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer – so it’s fitting that he’s donating them in what may be one of his biggest assists yet, off of the court.
He said he wants to thank all of the doctors, nurses and medical professionals for all they’re doing to help fight the coronavirus. Kareem good-naturedly added that he hopes health care providers look as good wearing the goggles as he did when he played.
Kareem was motivated to give back after learning about the need for more medical equipment from his longtime lawyer Steven Anapoell, whose brother Dr. William Anapoell practices at Scripps. Kareem’s longtime friend and manager for the last 25 years, Deborah Morales, is leveraging his name, image and likeness globally to help locate and secure other much-needed, high-quality medical supplies for Scripps and other hospitals in Southern California.
Greeting Kareem on April 6 were Scripps president and CEO Chris Van Gorder, Scripps chief medical officer, clinical excellence and experience Dr. Ghazala Sharieff, Dr. Anapoell, and other members of the Scripps team.
SCHOOL CAMPUSES ARE OFF LIMITS TO ALL
No students, parents or coaches will be allowed on area school campuses during the current COVID-19 school closure according to San Diego Unified School District school officials. "No trespassing" signs have been posted at all entrances.
Construction and renovation of the PLHS campus is continuing during this time. Workers and neighbors have reported seeing students on the athletic fields. These people have now been instructed to notify police if others are seen in the future.
This order also applies to the Dana and Correia middle school campuses.
Campuses are equipped with video cameras, which can be accessed remotely, that will be used to identify anyone violating this directive. School police warn that anyone caught on campuses may be charged with a misdemeanor carrying a fine up to $1,000.
BUSINESSES MUST POST SANITATION, PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS
No later than midnight on Tuesday, April 7, all businesses that remain in operation must prepare and post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol" at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, to be easily viewable by the public and employees.
A copy of the “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility. All businesses shall implement the “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand.
The “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” must ensure all required measures are implemented and must identify and require measures necessary to implement social distancing and sanitation at that facility. If the measures identified and implemented are not effective in maintaining proper social distancing and sanitation, additional measures shall be identified and implemented or the facility shall be closed.
COLDWELL BANKER REALTY PB HAS AWARD-WINNING AGENTS
The Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Realty has five affiliate agents who received awards at the most recent Coldwell Banker Realty Awards Gala. Below are all the award descriptions with the names of the agents who won.
The International Diamond Society award is earned by the top 10% of all sales associates-representatives internationally qualified in the Coldwell Banker system:
- Brian Keiner;
- Stacey Studebaker.
The International Sterling Society award is earned by the top 15% of all sales associates-representatives internationally qualified in the Coldwell Banker system:
- Patrick Cohen;
- John Collins;
- Laura Williams.
Coldwell Banker Realty in Southern California, the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Southern California, operates 64 offices with approximately 4,524 affiliated agents. Real estate agents affiliated with the company are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the company.
Sunday, April 5
NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS THEATRE CONVERSATIONS
To keep the audience engaged, we have created North Coast Repertory Theatre, which was launched on March 26. These are conversations with the artistic director and various artists (playwrights, actors, and directors) who work in the theatre.
Last week started with a 40-minute conversation with Richard Dreyfuss and his love for the theatre as well as his film career. The next conversation is with local actor/writer Omri Schein who talks about the process of writing a new musical.
Then TV actor Yvette Freeman who discusses her career (“ER,” “Orange is the New Black”) vs being on stage. Coming up, Linda Purl actress of many TV shows, including “The Office,” where she played Pam’s mom, Helen Beesly.
Find the conversations at https://bit.ly/3anjurp.
UC SAN DIEGO A SIGNATORY TO U.S.-CHINA COOPERATION
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla was among over 90 bipartisan, high-level former government officials and experts in the U.S.-China relationship to release a joint statement urging cooperation between the United States and China in a much-needed effort to combat the COVID-19 global health crisis.
The statement was released by Asia Society’s Center on U.S-China Relations and the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. The statement seeks to encourage the recent cooperative steps taken between Washington and Beijing and to demonstrate that there is broad bipartisan support for furthering such cooperation.
Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and UC San Diego alum explains: "Even with all the distrust and disharmony, it is possible for the leadership in the United States and China to find the necessary common ground to combat the coronavirus. The American people deserve no less.”
The joint statement identifies a range of applicable areas for collaboration — including through forums such as the G20 — to develop a clear and transparent mechanism to share relevant scientific data; compare best medical practices; align efforts to ramp up production and distribution of medical supplies; and coordinate funds and clinical trials for vaccine and treatment research, testing, production, and distribution.
STATE LEGISLATURE WON’T BE BACK ON APRIL 13
The California Legislature won’t be heading back to work on April 13 as planned.
“Given what the governor and our public health officials have stated, it has become increasingly clear that the April 13 return date the Legislature envisioned isn’t feasible,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins told Voice of San Diego in a statement.
“Our top priority has to remain helping flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve to prevent our health care systems from being overwhelmed. I will continue working with Speaker [Anthony] Rendon on a bicameral path forward, and I hope that in short order we will be conducting our business in a way that ensures the public’s participation and protects the public’s health.”
Lawmakers have been in recess since March 20, after they passed a $1.1 billion relief package to aid local governments, hospitals and schools across the state.
ROCK BAND CAMPS AT LIBERTY STATION
Recreational Music Center, a nonprofit community music school located in Arts District Liberty Station, offers unique music camps during the summer. Kids ages 4-12 of all levels will learn the technical and teamwork skills of being part of a rock band, complete with a concert for friends and family at the end of the week.
“This is our 12th anniversary of running our summer music camps, and I’m proud to say we have one of the most unique and memorable camp experiences in San Diego,” said David Gereghty, RMC executive director. “Each summer, we relish watching our campers discover a passion for a new instrument, and they often return for private lessons or our Rock Band Experience class in the fall because they love it so much.”
RMC’s signature Rock Band Camp for ages 6-12 offers a sophisticated band experience with plenty of hands-on activities with piano, guitar, drums and vocals. Rock Band Camp and Little Rockers Camp take place all summer between June 22 and Aug. 28. Musical Theater Camp has a limited run during the weeks of July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10.
All camps take place in the Liberty Station studios at 2590 Truxtun Road. Of course, due to COVID-19, the music camps during the summer may not be available. For more information, visit Visit RMCSanDiego.org.
Saturday, April 4
TORREY HOLISTICS DONATES FACE MASKS, HAND SANITIZERS
Local business owners, Tony Hall and Doug Gans of Torrey Holistics, have donated over 7,000 N95 face masks and over 10,000 hand sanitizers to various health centers, local organizations, customers and staff since mid-March. With shortages of medical supplies around the country caused by the COVID-19 international health crisis, Hall and Gans saw an opportunity to directly help their community, the medical workers on the frontlines, and those most vulnerable.
"The Torrey Holistics family and I wanted to make sure that our staff and community stay safe in these unprecedented times,” said Tony Hall, Co-Owner and Founder of Torrey Holistics. “Through my network, I was able to get the necessary items to support the people on the front lines who are working tirelessly to serve and protect San Diego.”
Torrey Holistics has announced a portion of April sales will be donated to senior centers. For more information, visit torreyholistics.com
LOCAL AUTHOR OFFERS ‘BORED GAMES’
Local author Lee Silber is offering his fun and interactive “Bored Games” book to help amuse kids stuck at home during the health crisis.
“People can get the book on Amazon for $5, or we can offer readers a free digital copy,” said Silber. "I converted the book to a PDF. I know it would help a lot of parents who have kids trapped at home make the most of this time together and keep them from going crazy (the parents, too).”
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PB LIBRARY TO REMAIN CLOSED
The Pacific Beach Library will not re-open Monday, April 6 as originally planned.
“In line with County health guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the San Diego Public Library system will be closed to the public until further notice,” said PB library manager Christina Wainwright. “When the date when we can safely re-open is decided upon, it will be my great joy to share that information. In the meantime, here are a couple of quick reminders: Our book drops are locked.
“Please hold on to your library materials and return them after we re-open; due dates on library materials have been extended until Friday, May 22; Dates for picking up holds currently in the library have been extended and you can always access our digital collections at sandiego.gov/public-library/elibrary.”
COUNCILMAN RECOVERING FROM COVID-19
COVID-19 stricken Chula Vista City Council member Steve Padilla, and a California Coastal commissioner, is out of hospital intensive care.
"I’m off the ventilator, out of the ICU, and will be home soon,” said Padilla in a release. “After an intense three-week battle with coronavirus, the relief and gratitude I’m feeling right now are overwhelming. I’m so grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff at UCSD Medical Center who saved my life. Take it from me: the threat of coronavirus is as serious as it is real. We all need to stay home, and follow County Public Health guidelines to stop the spread and save lives that are at risk.”
Friday, April 3
COUNTY ORDERS ESSENTIAL WORKERS TO WEAR MASKS
To prevent the spread of the virus and potential future deaths, San Diegans who are out in public are strongly encouraged to cover their nose and mouth to flatten the curve, County health officials recommended. Businesses, including grocery stores, convenience stores, and restaurants, are required to have employees wear face coverings.
The new order and guidance will go into effect at midnight, Friday, April 3.
“This new amendment is in addition to the other emergency regulations urging residents to continue staying at home, wash hands regularly, and maintain safe physical distances during essential trips out of the house,” said District 7 City Councilmember Scott Sherman.
Wearing a facial covering is useful because the coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets emitted when an individual breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Individuals may be infected with the coronavirus even if they feel no symptoms and the virus can still spread to others if there are no symptoms.
There are numerous types of cloth materials that can be used such as bandannas, turtlenecks, etc. However, N95 and surgical masks that are in short supply should not be used.
For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.
BLENDERS EYEWEAR DONATING SAFETY GOGGLES TO HOSPITALS
Pacific Beach-based sunglasses brand, Blenders Eyewear, is devoting a portion of its manufacturing to make 10,000 safety goggles to donate to area hospitals amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Founded in 2012 by San Diego State University alum Chase Fisher, Blenders Eyewear is a sunglasses and lifestyle company started in Pacific Beach.
"Our thoughts are with the doctors, nurses, and medical staff coping with patient surge and putting themselves in harm’s way for the sake of the greater good," said Fisher. "As a community, we all have a responsibility to flatten the curve and lower the peak of this virus."
Blenders announced that it will produce and donate 10,000 goggles to hospitals in San Diego and Los Angeles. The safety goggles are FDA-approved medical devices and will be delivered by April 15.
The company is also offering 5% off all sales throughout April that will go to Direct Relief – a humanitarian aid organization helping provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to COVID-19. Through this partnership, Blenders hopes to provide an additional 20,000 pairs of goggles to high-need regions in the United States.
2020 CENSUS IS UNDERWAY
By now, every household in Pacific and Mission beaches should have received an invitation by mail to participate in the 2020 Census.
The Census provides more than a snapshot of a community's demographics. Its count determines where nearly $1 trillion of taxpayer money is allocated for healthcare, education, housing, community resources, transportation, and disaster relief.
It is fast and easy to complete your Census questionnaire at my2020census.gov, by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail. All your responses are confidential and private – responses are protected by federal law and are gathered for statistical purposes only.
With questions about the Census, email email@example.com.
AVOID COVID-19 SCAMS
“The FBI has identified a new fraud scheme using text messaging and social platforms to reach potential victims,” said David Surwilo, San Diego Police Department community relations officer. “The message uses the promise of money, i.e., ‘stimulus check’ from the retailer, Costco Wholesale, and provides a link, containing malware, ransomware or other fraudulent methods to steal identity, financial or other personal information.”
Added Surwilo: “The FBI is warning the public that Costco is not texting or using social media platforms to reach the public or its customers to provide a ‘stimulus check,’ ‘freebies,’ or a ‘stimulus package’ in fake messages. Do not click on this type of unsolicited link. Do not provide personal information for unsolicited links.”
Thursday, April 2
WOODSTOCK’S PIZZA DOUGH-NATION
Located at 1221 Garnet Ave., Woodstock’s Pizza Pacific Beach has launched a fundraiser called Double Your Dough-Nation to provide free pizzas to the neediest, in partnership with The Salvation Army. Woodstock's is matching every gift to feed those who are sick/quarantined, health care workers on the front lines, people who have lost their jobs and the homeless.
Woodstock's PB, operated by Laura and Jeff Ambrose, is still open for curbside pick-up and free delivery. The Ambroses said they’ve managed to avoid layoffs so far, primarily by asking their college-age employees with family financial support to give their hours to employees who are solely dependent on their wages from Woodstock's.
SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVES BIG GIFT
SDHS has received a $50,000 matching gift from Charles and Carol Baum, which will double donations made to the organization during April. The gift was made in memory of the Baums’ beloved pets Chelsea, Winston, Sullivan and Jordan.
The gift will provide critical support for SDHS during this time of need. As the community responds to COVID-19, animals are still entering SDHS’s care daily. Donations will ensure that the organization is able to continue providing shelter, lifesaving medical care, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, animal-cruelty investigations and more.
“Our work for animals in need doesn’t stop,” said SDHS president/CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman. “We are San Diego’s safety net for animals, in good times and bad. No matter what else is going on in the world, animals are relying on us to save their lives. This generous matching gift helps ensure we can be there for every single one.”
Donations can be made online at sdhumane.org and must be received by April 30 to be eligible for the match.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to inspire compassion for animals in our community during this difficult time,” said donor Charles Baum.“San Diego Humane Society’s lifesaving work continues despite everything else that is happening in the world, and we’re grateful that they’re here for animals and the people who love them.”
SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR UPDATE
“At this time, we do not plan to cancel the San Diego County Fair, and we will move forward planning it,” say organizers of the annual regionwide fair scheduled for June 5-July 5 at Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Superheroes are this year’s fair theme. Taste your way through the fair’s superfoods, soar through the air on adrenaline-pumping carnival rides, strike a power pose with your favorite superheroes, discover entertainment surprises and learn the science and history of being a superhero and meet real-life community heroes. For more information, visit sdfair.com.
INSOMNIA COOKIES DIY KITS
With a location in Pacific Beach at 1007 Garnet Ave., the retail chain is offering cool treats for local delivery for the whole family, or for a sweet date night idea. Choose from two DIY kits:
● DIY Cookie’wich Kit - $18, includes 6 traditional cookies, 1 pint of ice cream, 4 toppings (your choice of traditional cookies, ice cream flavor, and toppings);
● Large DIY Cookie’wich Kit - $32, includes 12 traditional cookies, one quart of ice cream, 6 toppings (your choice of traditional cookies, ice cream flavors, and toppings).
SMALL-BUSINESS STATE TAX RELIEF
Starting April 3, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) will allow small-business taxpayers to enter into 12-month interest-free payment plans for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. This offers what is effectively an immediate interest-free loan to small businesses, providing a bridge until they can get relief from the SBA or their businesses can get back on their feet.
This extends beyond the previous executive order that all small businesses will have an additional three months to file returns and pay taxes administered by the department. Additionally, all businesses will have an extra 60 days to file claims for a refund from CDTFA or to appeal a CDTFA decision to the Office of Tax Appeals.
For more information, visit business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/.
SEAWORLD OFFERS ONLINE CLASSROOMS
The popular marine amusement park understands that patrons need turnkey, engaging activities now more than ever, so SeaWorld has developed standards-aligned resources available to help families virtually explore the wild world of animals and nature for grades K-12.
Parents, students, and teachers can explore hands-on, creative resources including classroom activities, teacher’s guides, Saving a Species Video Series, animal bytes and animal info books.
SHORE BUDDIES DONATING TO MARINE LIFE
San Diego-based stuffed-animal company, Shore Buddies, which fashions its products from recycled plastic bottles, has partnered up with four nonprofit organizations that are currently treating animals at their facilities and is donating 100% of their profits from online sales to help these animals to get the treatment they need.
It takes six plastic bottles to make one 12-inch Shore Buddy stuffed animal. Each animal covers a different topic of ocean plastic and educates children on how they can help to keep plastics out of the ocean in a playful way.
“Although our mission is to keep plastics out of the ocean, we cannot forget about the animals that currently need treatment,” says founder/CEO Malte Niebelschuetz. “At Shore Buddies, we are great at giving marine life a voice. Therefore, we decided to speak up for them and help these great organizations to continue their important work during this global crisis.”
Shore Buddies is supporting the Dolphin Research Center, The Marine Mammal Center and the San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife.
For more information, visit shore-buddies.com.
CONSTRUCTION IN MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK TO IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE
When Mission Trails Regional Park reopens and visitors return, they may notice an increase in construction traffic and activities in and near the western portion of the park as the San Diego County Water Authority improves a portion of its regional water delivery system.
The Water Authority has begun work to construct a new underground reservoir and flow control facility. The facilities are part of the Mission Trails Project, a suite of projects that mostly were completed in late 2010 to improve regional water infrastructure. Completed components include the construction of a pipeline tunnel, demolition of most above-ground vent stacks in the park, and construction of a stabilized crossing at the San Diego River.
The new underground flow regulatory structure, or covered reservoir, will help regulate untreated water flows in the regional water delivery system. It will hold up to 5 million gallons of water. The reservoir will be covered with soil and vegetation, except for several above-ground access hatches and vents that will allow for air movement in and out of the reservoir. A new flow control facility and pipeline interconnections will also be constructed as part of this project. Pre-construction work to prepare the site has already started. The project construction is scheduled to begin in March and end in early 2022.
Construction vehicles will use Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Calle de Vida, Portobelo Drive, and Antigua Boulevard to access work areas in the park. Some trails leading to the site in the western portion of the park will be closed. For instance, the trail that begins at the intersection of Calle de Vida and Colina Dorada Drive will be closed to allow large construction vehicles and traffic to safely pass through the park. Additionally, parking at the eastern end of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard will be limited to accommodate project field offices and equipment staging.
For more information about either project, go to www.sdcwa.org/mission-trails-FRS, call the toll-free project information line at 877-682-9283, ext. 7004, or email CIPinfo@sdcwa.org.
LIZZO ‘SHOUT OUT’
On March 31, pop singer Lizzo gave a “shout out” to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa and bought lunch for its staff as part of an effort to thank hospital workers across the country.
“Thank you so much for everything you guys have been doing during this pandemic. It has been a very scary time, and you guys have been a peace of mind during this time and a hero” the Grammy award-winning artist said in a video message posted by Sharp. “I hope you feel the love and appreciation of pouring in from everybody from all around the world because we really do love and appreciate ya’ll.”